The origins of Heinlein.

Author:Doherty, Brian
Position::Briefly Noted - Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, vol. 1, 1907-1948 - Brief article - Book review


With the first volume of Robert A. Heinlein, In Dialogue With His Century (Tor), William Patterson has given us a scholarly doorstop biography that's smoothly readable.

Patterson says Heinlein galvanized four movements: science fiction, the counterculture, libertarianism, and commercial space travel. This volume, which ends in 1948, focuses more on Heinlein's life than his cultural impact, detailing his Missouri childhood, his years in the Navy and his initially idyllic, later chaotic marriage to (and divorce from) his second wife, Leslyn.

Heinlein was a longtime freethinker when it came to cultural mores, but...

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